42nd Annual CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Host campus: Fresno State University

For additional information, contact: Dr. Tim Kubal,  Department of Sociology, Fresno State University,TKUBAL@csufresno.edu, 559/278-5145

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The CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium
(formerly the CSU, SSRIC Student Research Conference)

Thursday, April 27 at Fresno State


The CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium (S4, pronounced "ess four") is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences. The Council invites all undergraduates and graduate students, from all CSU campuses and California community colleges, in all areas of the social sciences, to present their research to their peers. Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review.


Individual and group papers are welcome.  Participants will make oral presentations of about 15 minutes in length. Lunch will be provided to participants.

The atmosphere of the Symposium is relaxed, and the emphasis is on meeting and sharing with students with similar interests from throughout the CSU. Dress should be dressy casual.

AWARDS: Thanks to the continued generosity of Dr. Gene Geisler, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Francisco State and a key founding member of the SSRIC, the 2017 Symposium will include three $5,000 best paper awards. Other presenters may receive small amounts to help defray travel expenses. Eligibility for awards is limited to CSU undergraduates and Master's level graduate students, and students in the first two full years of a CSU doctoral program. Detailed information is provided in the “2017 S4 Awards FAQs concerning available monies and eligibility. 

Before you register, read the attached PDF file of Frequently Asked Questions very carefully. If the Adobe Reader PDF viewer is not already installed on your device, you'll need the free download.

To be considered for a best paper award, you must register for the Symposium and submit your full paper with your registration. Papers may not exceed 20 pages in length, not including, references, graphs, tables, or appendices. In addition, include an abstract of not more than 100 words.

If you are not interested in being considered for an award, but would like to make an oral presentation at the Symposium, register for the Symposium and post an abstract of not more than 100 words with your registration.

The Symposium will be held on the Fresno State campus (see map and directions on menu to the left). Windows-based computers with PowerPoint and projection units will be available in presentation rooms. To avoid problems in loading presentations, bring your PowerPoint file on a CD or flash drive. Be sure to let Dr Kubal know if you have any additional needs.

Special note to guests.There is no cost associated with the conference because we have funding from the Chancellors Office. The funding is fairly limited so, while guests are welcome to attend, we would ask that you not take part in the food that we will offer participants in the morning and at lunch.  We are sorry to not be able to include you in our meals.  You do not need to register or have a badge. Here are some of the food options for you: _________________ .

If you have questions, contact (in order of priority):

Last Updated: December 8, 2017.